Its flu season folks, and as the influenza virus has taken South Africa by storm, here are some of the symptoms to look out for, what you can do to avoid it and the impact the sniffles has had on the economy.
Your nose is running, your throat is scratchy and you can't stop coughing. Chances are you have managed to catch the flu.
Flu season is upon us and Briefly.co.za is taking a look at the most common symptoms.
Common signs and symptoms:
- Fever over 38°C
- Aching muscles
- Chills and sweats
- Dry and persistent cough
- Fatigue and weakness
- Blocked nose
- Sore throat
So what causes the flu?
Flu viruses travel through the air, so when an infected colleague coughs, sneezes or even talks, you inhale the germs. The virus can even be contracted from items you pick up and touch.
What can you do to prevent getting flu?
While vaccines aren't 100% effective against the virus, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual shot .
Impact on South Africa's economy
eNCA reports that a recent study found many medium-sized companies lose up to 105 days every year to the virus.
This translates to billions of Rands being lost, but researchers say Mzansi isn't doing enough to prepare themselves.
One doctor advises people in general to pay more attention to their health and to take better care of themselves.
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